News ID: 323017
Published: 0304 GMT July 22, 2022

EU sues Britain again as N. Ireland bill erodes trust

EU sues Britain again as N. Ireland bill erodes trust

Carlingford Lough is seen with Northern Ireland on the left and the Republic of Ireland on the right with the lough marking the border between the two countries, in Flagstaff, Northern Ireland, October 13, 2021.

The European Commission launched four new legal procedures against Britain on Friday after the British Parliament's lower house cleared a bill to scrap some of the rules governing post-Brexit trading arrangements for Northern Ireland.

The commission, which oversees EU-UK relations, said Britain's unwillingness to engage in meaningful discussions on the protocol governing those trading arrangements and the House of Commons' passage of the Northern Ireland Protocol bill undermined a spirit of cooperation, Reuters reported.

It brings to seven the number of "infringement procedures" the European Commission has launched over what it sees as Britain's failure to respect Northern Ireland trade aspects of the Brexit divorce deal agreed by both sides.

The procedures could result in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) imposing fines, although this would likely not happen for at least a year. The Commission said it stood ready to launch further procedures to protect the EU single market from British violations of the protocol.

London has proposed scrapping some checks on goods from the rest of the United Kingdom arriving in the British province and challenged the role of the ECJ to decide on parts of the post-Brexit arrangement agreed by the EU and Britain.







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